Is the GOP Sabotaging Recovery?

 
BY:Scott Marshall| June 18, 2012

The elephant in the room – is it the bad economy, or the party of elephants who are trying to keep it that way? There is a lot of evidence that the GOP is doing all it can to undermine job creation and economic recovery to make Obama a one-term president. In this week’s newsletter we’ll show you how they’re doing it and some ways to help turn things around.

Problems & Solutions

There is a lot of bad news for working people these days: only 69,000 jobs were added in May, while the unemployment rate inched higher to 8.2%; US median net worth is down by nearly 40 percent; the number of long-term unemployed swelled last month from 5.1 million to 5.4 million… the list goes on and on.

Why is the Great Recession lasting longer than any other crisis since the Great Depression? Many are starting to believe the Republicans deliberately crashed the US economy – a poll by Public Policy Polling shows 49% believe Republicans are deliberately hamstringing efforts to resuscitate the economy in order to bolster their chances of defeating President Barack Obama. And starting last year in Wisconsin, and continuing last week with Romney, Republicans are attacking public workers and rejecting the economic answer to the recession – public sector jobs.

So, where do we go from here? Obviously, we need to create jobs here and stop offshoring them. Another measure that would help is to raise the minimum wage, and stop preventing workers from getting unemployment benefits. Take action to help on all of these fronts:

Raise the Minimum Wage, Create Jobs, Stop Offshoring, and Protect Unemployment

Raise the minimum wage with H.R. 5901, which would raise the Federal minimum wage to $10/hour and index future increases to such wage to increases in the consumer price index. (More info.)

Sign our petition for the Rebuild American Act to create jobs and fund retraining.

Tell Congress to support the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Bill.

Stop the removal of unemployment benefits for contracted school workers across Georgia.

Working together, we can make win these fights!

More News of Interest for Working People

Native Americans left out of economic recovery, as always – from the People’s World

HS Graduates Employment Status ‘Bleak’ – In a rough economy, what happens to the youth?

DOL app contest to improve employment for people with disabilities – $10,000 in cash prizes to help build innovative tools to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.

Please make sure to visit the People’s World online for the best in worker’s news!

Other resources to check out:

WeNeedJobsNotCuts.com – UnemployedWorkers.org – Unemployed Nation – JobsNotCuts.org

 

Author

    Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

    Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

    Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.

Comments (20)

Ohio Tea Party | March 04, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I’m tired of seeing my paycheck gutted in taxes, for individuals that do not want to work.

frank | February 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

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Realityisknocking | October 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

Its disappointing to actually see you all supporting a group that in return will give you nothing. If any of you are so determined to reside in a communist society why dont you just move to Russia, China, Germany or Vietnam (just to name a few). Maybe its because communism has failed and resulted in the mass genocide of innocent civilians. Socialism is the poor mans guide to “steal without the sin”. Good luck in your left wing agenda. Your a bit out numbered, you see, there are too many hard working, red blooded, god loving Americans who earn the bed they sleep in. Maybe if you were more focused on establishing yourself and providing for your own families, you wouldnt need the government to hold your hand as the rest of the country pays your bills while you sit on the couch. By the way Karl Marx’s IQ level was well below the mental level state. Nice to see your following such a well implemented scholar. Bon Voyage!

Realityisknocking | October 24, 2013 at 1:08 AM
57STATES | March 10, 2013 at 8:45 AM

lol GOP holding back economy LETS BE FAIR HERE? It is 100 times more the democrats than the GOP since the last 7 years they have been running the majority of the government So please stop with the propaganda! It is More like Progressive liberals sabotaging the recovery! Obama is a loser not a leader! He is the divider in chief .. he has been stirring racial divide since he has been in office … Nov 2006 Liberal progressives won both houses (2/3rds of Gov) 2 years later we have record food/gas prices housing collapse and bush’s bailouts (yes bush gets blame too) but it was liberals who were bullying banks to lend to poor people who could not afford houses … with no money down!! so 2006/2008 liberal run 2/3 of the gov in 2008-2010 libs run all 3 branches of the government and they cant even pass a budget! lol 2010/2012 2/3rs again 2012/2014 2/3rds again …. We all know who has been running the government since Jan 2007 and it has not been the GOP! We also need to stop John holdren’s (Obama’s science Czar) aerosol & weather modification programs aka Chemtrails not contrails know the difference! our government is spraying highly toxic aerosols into the atmosphere and on the public! science made climate change has to stop!! GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX! IT IS GOVERNMENT WEATHER MODIFICATION PROGRAMS GONE VIRAL(I’m a foreign pilot I worked on them from weather modification/Geo-engineering, aerosol stratospherical injections to solar radiation mgt. These aerosol programs & science made mycoplasma skies will cause massive food shortages, disease (science made disease) water shortages, new super flu strains …yes we have mycoplasma skies now! what are the communist going to do about it? you say you care about mother earth no?

JOHN BIZER | February 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

I just read a disturbing news item concerning the gop,s efforts to thwart the Obama administration
from establising “the consumer finance protecion
agency”. The agency devised to protect us from
the illegal lending practice that diabolicly lodged
us in this fiscal trainwreck to begin with.
That in addition to dumping 1/2 of our national
reserve into two major “lost causes”, being ofcourse
iraq and afghanistan. Who is really the enemy here?
It really sickens my heart to see what calous disregard some of these self serving sob’s
in washington exhibit. Thank God Obama got a
second term. He’ll need our support and more.
I see no easy way out of this It’s going to require
serious personal involvement and organization.
SPEAK OUT PEOPLE,GET INVOLVED!

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no, the GOP is fixing what the commies screwed up

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Fuckobama | September 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Fuck you commis, terrorists!!!

Fuckobama | September 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Fuck commie
Fuck Obama
And fuck all y’all

John Smith | August 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

We must be doing something right, because compared to Europe, our economy is phenomonal… but if we pass all these spending bills without making drastic cuts in other areas, we will end up in the same debt crisis that the EU is in right now

Lloyd Bardell | August 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

With people like Mitt Rominov (Romney) and Ryan, we see that bribery, corruption, and favoritism are the standing vices of the rich; and, that we get asses for lions. (Thanks to Thomas Paine for the wording)

Amer Ica | July 13, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You sir are a fool. Your position is weak. Hatred and fear are your only weapons when the facts are against you. May god have mercy on your sole.

Erik Oliver | June 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Marq.. I am sorry about your disease. But I don’t understand why you don’t think it is your right to affordable healthcare. I’m more than happy to hear your thoughts.

Erik Oliver | June 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

While I agree with you in principle, you must understand numbers can be made to say anything one wants them to (it’s called statistics). Get down to facts.

SureEvolutionGodInTheStarsMaybe | June 24, 2012 at 12:16 AM

Hey Scott good to see you. Sure are. These people along with big business make and break all things.

Plus they are spreading it throughout the world.
http://wonkette.com/475939/the-jon-stewart-of-egypt-has-his-very-own-glenn-beck
Take care. love you all

ironcowboy | June 22, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hay brother can you spare me a dime… no seriously, give me $100,000 dollars! If you don’t your not doing your fair share to boost my economic recovery!

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